Thursday, June 7, 2012

Korean Cinema News (05/31-06/06, 2012)

First Korean Cinema News update live from Seoul!  However, pretty light this week as I get myself up to speed in my new home.


Clint Mansell To Score Park Chan-Wook’s Vampire Film Stoker
When you’ve got the director of Oldboy (2003) making an intimate vampire film, you know the score will be as important as the lead actors.  In the case of Park Chan-wook‘s English-language debut, Stoker, that certainly seems to be the case.  He’s recruited Clint Mansellto score the film, which stars Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman and Alice in Wonderland herself, Mia Waskiowska.  (/Film, June 5, 2012)

Korea's Oldest Silent Film Revived
As the black and white film began rolling, a four-piece band — keyboard, violin, cello and piano accordion — played music and a narrator explained the first scene of the film Crossroads of Youth (1934) at Ewha Centennial Hall located in Jeong-dong, central Seoul, Saturday.  The silent film was revived with a modern twist after enormous effort from staff including a programmer, a director, a composer, musicians, singers and a narrator.  (The Korea Times, May 30, 2012)


Jeon Gye-soo won the Best Screenplay for Love Fiction at the 2012 Baeksang Arts Awards.
A philosophy graduate with a passion for musicals, he made his directorial debut with the musical Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theatre in 2006, a film that saw him also win the ‘Baeksang Award for Best New Director’.  Director Jeon is quite unique in Korean cinema as he doesn’t come from a film background, however his natural talent and eye for drama has helped him to create some wonderful movies each defined by unique and individual style.  (Hangul Celluloid, June 5, 2012)

Kim Dai-seung: No One Can Act Against Self-Interest
Its characters may don the royal garb of centuries ago, but The Emperor's Concubine, released today, is a thinly-veiled critique of modern Korean society, according to director Kim Dai-seung.  Much has been said in the local media about the ample nudity and the theme of carnal desire in the film, but Kim asks the audience to look beyond the libido.  (The Korea Times, June 5, 2012)

Lim Woo-seung Interview
Born in 1971, Lim Woo-seong studied at the Art Center College of Design in California, graduating with a degree in film.  In 2008, he wrote and directed a short film, Midnight Movie, followed by his first feature, Vegetarian (2009), which was based on a story by Han Gang.  Vegetarian was later nominated for the Panorama Section of the Busan International Film Festival as well as being invited to participate in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010.  Lim Woo-seong’s latest feature is Scars (2011), also based on a story by Han Gang.  (Hangul Celluloid, June 2, 2012)


2 Doors


The King of XXX-Kissing


2 Doors

Dangerously Excited



The Heaven Is Open To the Single

The King of XXX-Kissing


(Modern Korean Cinema, June 5, 2012)

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